Being Broken in Order to be Used
If you have ever prayed “GOD, I want to be used mightily by you” then do not be taken back when you go down a road marked with trials and struggles, even reaching to the point of feeling like you are being crushed. God refines us through this process where we feel like we are being broken. A person who has been broken by God is a desperate individual who realizes how weak and limited they are; therefore, God molds him into a humble servant. Though this process is painful and many times lasting, stand firm in the assurance that it is through these times that our Master works the most gloriously in and through us.
Throughout the readings of the scriptures, we can clearly notice servants of God having to endure being crushed before being mightily used for His Kingdom. Hannah was one of those who through her waiting to bear a child became broken, anguished, and completely desperate before God. But God used that proclaimed weakness to accomplish great things (1 Samuel 1:10). Samuel, Hannah’s son, grew up to be a great man of God – the final judge and the prophet who anointed the first two kings of Israel. Through this breaking process, God was glorified. Her weakness, her trust in God as she turned to Him, the fervency of her desire, and her faithfulness in bringing Samuel to God as promised are all evidences of God working in Hannah’s life. Her many tears were ordained to be part of the glorious story of what God was doing in Israel’s history.
Another way that God performs this breaking process is by granting His servants the deep burden of His heart. It is true that He does this by opening their eyes to His holiness, but He also shows them the depravity, rebellion, and pride of humanity (Isaiah 6:5). The Prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel were very acquainted with this. They were grieving men, familiar with the pain of bearing burdens (Ezekiel 4:4-6). In addition to this, they were used in proclaiming some of the most profound prophetic words regarding the coming Messiah. Though they were burdened and many times given a word to warn the people of coming judgments, they also lived in this sweet fellowship of hearing and seeing things that the Creator of the universe entrusted them with.
A zealous man who was very familiar with this was the apostle Paul. By being given the thorn in his flesh, he stated that it prevented him from becoming conceited (2 Corinthians 12:7); thus, he was kept humble and dependent on God. And though God never took it away, He gave Paul the strength to say “…I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (2 Corinthians 12:9).
He realized that Christ will not display his power in him unless confessed weakness was firstly evident. Human weakness must come first—it is a prerequisite for the display of Christ’s strength. When—and only when—one is weak, the strength of God is displayed. Christ will only use a weak vessel, not a proud one.
But there is one who was broken beyond anything that anybody before Him or after Him endured, but through His brokenness, He gave much life. The slain Lamb of God!
“And when he (Jesus) had given thanks, he broke it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.” (1 Corinthians 11:24)
“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” (John 12:24).
A broken person is a one made fit for the use of the Master.
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